Legal help for violence victims in northern suburbs

THE Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre (NSCLC) will receive $1.35 million over three years to help domestic violence victims access legal assistance.

The grant is part of the Federal Government’s $100 million Women’s Safety Package, which aims to support families and improve women’s safety.

The (NSCLC), which has bases in Mirrabooka and Joondalup, will establish a specialist domestic violence unit with the funding.

NSCLC manager Karen Merrin said the organisation was grateful for the funding and dealt with about 500 cases each year involving domestic violence.

“Domestic violence impacts many areas in women’s lives. A victim may face homelessness, financial stress, medical and legal issues including family violence orders, family law, tenancy and civil matters,” Ms Merrin said.

“This package will allow us to respond more appropriately and in a co-ordinated way.”

Ms Merrin said the Government’s funding commitment was a step in the right direction.

“The combination of a new specialist family violence unit and a health-justice partnership will allow victims of domestic violence to receive early and immediate advice. This includes personal and financial counselling, emergency accommodation, legal protection and medical assistance,” she said.

Federal MHR Michael Keenan said the funding would ensure that women in Stirling benefited from increased access to front-line service delivery.